Look, I must have been here years now, am I the same person? No, I know more, I think differently, my circumstances have changed, of course they have otherwise I probably wouldn't have survived, but one thing remains and always has, emotional isolation. I probably didn't realise it before, I wasn't aware when I was 19 and came on here, I am now almost 23 and for the past few months, probably because I do a sociology based course at university, I have analysed myself and tried to understand the cause of everything. They say lonliness can be seperated in two main problem areas, social isolation and emotional isolation. The later being a common problem for men apparently. Rewind 3 years ago, I had no friends, no social life, I spent 12 hours a day on the internet. That is when I was at my worst, ever. So I went to university, now I have friends, a social life, I go out a bit. The social isolation is gone, but emotional lonliness remains. I have no one close, I have no gf never have had a relationship, a lot of my friends in my social group are just superficial when it comes to this problem, although I am glad to have overcome the majority of my social isolation because it has improved my general well being. There is no easy cure for emotional isolation. I need a close relationship(s), but that isn't something as achieveable as social life. Getting close to someone takes time, you need the right people in the right place, it is all luck, especially for people who have fallen into this stage, and in my case been in it throughout my adolescent life and beyond. Sadly this lonliness is effecting many many areas of my life, most notebly my future due to my lack of drive and motivation. There is literally nothing I can do about it, at best I will feel ok for a few days but it doesn't last because of this underlying lonliness.